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Legislature Will Begin Discussion On Uber Next Week

The bill presented by the Government through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - to regulate the service provided through digital platforms, such as Uber, will begin discussion in the Legislative Assembly next week. Given that...

Uber alerts customers that the government’s bill would limit vehicle supply and double waiting times

For over three years, Uber, the ride-hailing app, has been fighting for its place in Costa Rica, battling government inaction and the verbal and physical abuse of the red or formal taxis. This week, the government of Carlos Alvarado presented a legislative bill to formalize...

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Announces Bill So That Uber and Taxis Coexist

Contrary to the desires of the formal (red) taxis, President Carlos Alvarado announced a bill by which Uber will remain in Costa Rica and will coexist with the taxi services. "As a Government, we have the responsibility to work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of...

MOPT Asks For More Time On Legislation To Regulate Uber

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) continues to stall in presenting the bill that would regulate mobility apps like Uber, asking on Thursday a new extension before the Comisión de Asuntos Económicos (Economic Affairs Committee). MOPT minister Rodolfo Mendez is asking for 20...

Users of Uber Fear For Increase In Fares

Preventing the taxi drivers guild artificially inflate the cost of using Uber is the goal of several user associations, who demand a seat in the negotiating table. The establishment of new requirements and insurance could affect the collaborative mobility platform and mainly its users, according...

Uber is the second most used public transport service in Costa Rica, according to UNA

What's your most often used means of public transport? Your second? If you said Uber to the latter, a recent study by the Instituto de Estudios Sociales en Población (IDESPO), of the Universidad Nacional (UNA) - Institute of Social Studies in Population of the...

Costa Ricans Furious With Latest Threat From Taxi Drivers

The lack of regulation for passenger transport services - such as Uber - is a topic that not only disturbers the rideshare app company partners (drivers) and official taxi drivers, but users as well who demand an 'opening' or 'legalization'. Last week, in a letter...

Uber CEO : ‘We believe in a level playing field’

In September, Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO, served one year behind the company's steering wheel. Since then, he has tried to raise the image of a company involved in a variety of controversies. The turn remains far from complete. The list of scandals when he arrived at...

Taxi Drivers Want To Be Able To Operate With Older Cars

Taxi drivers have asked Rodolfo Méndez, the Minister of Transportation (MOPT), to increase the antiquity of their vehicles, from the current 15 years to 20. If the request is approved, official taxis (red taxis) in the country could operate with vehicles as old as 1998...

MOPT Backpeddles On Support Of Uber

On September 25, Rodolfo Méndez, the Ministro de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT), admitted that all sectors would be taken into account in the drafting of the regulations for the public transport of people, but last week changed his mind and left out the...

New Ride App Bee Go Sets Goal Of 10,000 Drivers In A Year

On Monday, the recruiting of drivers began and in 15 days Bee Go will be the new player in the market of "collaborative mobility and public transport", challenging Uber. And of course the informal (piratas) and formal (red) taxi drivers. The company, of French capital,...

Uber’s New Cancellation Fee For Costa Rica Takes Into Account Time and Distance

As of today, October 2, 2018, the Uber's cancellation fee changes from a fixed fee to one calculated based on the time and distance traveled by the Driver Partner to arrive to the passenger. What changed? Now, if the app detects that the Driver Partner...

New Ride App Rep: “Taxi Drivers Should Support Modernization”

While Rubén Vargas, representative of the Unión de Taxistas Costarricense (UTC) - Union of Costa Rican taxi drivers  - assures that the arrival of new applications similar to Uber would provoke "violence in the streets", César López, representative of the new transport platform Beego,...

Taxi Drivers Join Protests In To Complicate Traffic in San Jose

Staying firm on their goal of ridding the country of Uber, formal taxi drivers took to the streets of San Jose this Tuesday morning, adding to the complications in traffic caused by the more than two-week-old strike by the public sector employees, The taxi drivers...

Should the people decide if they want UBER in the country? Association presents referendum request to the TSE.

The legalization of transport services such as Uber and other apps could be left up to the people if the initiative by the Asociación Víctimas del Estado (AVES) materializes. The group presented this Friday before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) a request to put the...

Goverment tells Uber to stop its operation in Costa Rica

In an attempt to calm taxi drivers, the Government Council reiterated on Tuesday its request to the Uber company to stop its transport operation in Costa Rica, until there is a legal framework to regulate it. The request also applies to other ride app platforms. The...

Uber Drivers Protest In Front of Government House To Request Regulation

Around 600 Uber drivers and drivers of other transport apps protested outside Casa Presidencial (Government House) on Tuesday, demanding the government for a law that regulates the 'irregular' transport. The drivers also demand the fines levied against some of them be suspended while the government...

Uber is illegal Says Government, but It will not shut it down

After 45 days the government said it needed to pronounce on the Uber issue, it has reiterated the position that Uber and other similar transport are illegal, but it will not disconnect the platform, recognizing the challenge imposed by technological advances to the Government. For...

Aresep in the process of developing an application for taxi drivers

The controversy generated by the incursion of Uber in Costa Rican has one more episode, as the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep)  - regulator of public services -  works on an application (app) to improve the service provided by taxi drivers. Earlier this...

It’s Time for the Costa Rican Government to Defend Uber

Rico's TICO BULL (OPINION) - Costa Rica can take a page from Spain's playbook as both countries struggle with the legitimacy of Uber (and Cabify in the case of Spain) against the taxi drivers. It wasn't too long after Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado taking...

Legislator Enrique Sánchez: “Uber would pay a 3% tax for each trip”

Under the premise that Uber must be legal in Costa Rica, PAC legislator Enrique Sanchez, is promoting a bill that aims to level the playing field with taxi drivers and would incorporate a 3% tax on each trip made by the drivers of Uber. Questioned...

Uber Costa Rica Caves and Adds Tipping Option

Do you tip your Uber driver? Does your Uber driver deserve a tip? The company has enabled the option to encourage passengers to add a tip to the fare for the driver. According to Uber, you can add a tip up to 30 days after...

Taxis vs Uber: Drivers On Both Sides Of The Conflict Suffer The Same Hardships

Three years after the arrival of Uber in Costa Rica, the number of drivers dedicated to the transport of passengers has grown by at least 80%. The figure went from 12,500 official (red) taxi drivers and porteadoers (Servicio Especial Estable de Taxi, Seetaxi) to...

Traffic Police Intensifies Actions Against UBER

The Government through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - intensified the operations against UBER drivers throughout the country. After the pressure measures taken by the taxi drivers the previous week where they completely blocked the...

What did the Government commit to with the taxi drivers?

The Government on Wednesday night signed an agreement with the (formal) taxis following a day of protests, roadblocks and tortuguismo. Following are the ten points -eight by the Government and two of the taxi drivers to avoid further road protests. 1. To intensify controls on transport...

Taxi Drivers Have Their Day

Taxi drivers on Wednesday took to the streets to pressure the government of Carlos Alvarado to put an end to Uber in Costa Rica.  

Is This The End For Uber in Costa Rica?

Following a day of protests in the streets, tortuguismo in many areas and five hours of 'intense' negotiations, the taxi drivers and the government came to an agreement on Wednesday. After a long day, both parties signed, on Wednesday night, an agreement to end the...

Netflix Yes, Amazon No With Respect To The VAT

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) explained on Friday that the proposed 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) on goods on services being processed through Congress that includes taxing online purchases would be applied to Netflix, but not to Amazon. Hacienda explained that the tax...

Uber Trips Would Be Taxed If VAT Is Approved

Legal or not, the tax plan that is in the process in Congress,  if approved, would have users of Uber pay the Value Added Tax (VAT) on their trips. The VAT on Uber trips would be 13%. According to Priscilla Piedra, the general director of Hacienda...

Court Rules Against Uber and its 83,000 Drivers

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled against Uber with a verdict that affects 83,000 drivers affiliated to the technology platform. The decision follows a similar ruling last December by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that argues Uber is a transportation company and not just...

Could Users of Uber Be Penalized?

The demand and use of Uber in Costa Rica is on the increase. And so is the pressure by the current administration to put Uber to rest, by attacking the driver app company at its drivers. Deeming the service illegal, the administration of Luis Guillermo...

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